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You can also take one on a plane. Photo: Tom Nebbia/Corbis/Getty

American Airlines' latest dictum does not mention lions, tigers or bears. But you get the picture in new rules governing which creatures may accompany nervous American passengers as emotional support or psychiatric animals.

The details: If your non-human support creature growls, has a habit of threatening to bite, or lunges at other passengers — you can't board with it, writes the Chicago Tribune's Lauren Zumbach.

  • Those descriptions don't seem to fit all goats, lizards or spiders, but they are banned as well.
  • Among permitted animals: miniature horses, such as the one in the photo above, as long as it can fit into a kennel underneath your seat and you pay its $125 fare.

Situational awareness: I have seen goats, sheep and chickens aboard flights in Afghanistan, but never in the U.S., Europe or elsewhere in Asia. Since Kabul is not on American's routes, I asked the airline whether people really travel with goats or miniature horses.

"While not common, these are things we have seen on American Airlines." American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein

More guidelines for your next trip:

  • What animals can do on American: Sit in your lap as long as they are smaller than a 2-year-old child.
  • What they can't do: Have their own seat or eat from your tray.

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Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

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Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.